Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Suffering from the affliction, alopecia, Stevens was completely bald by middle-age and
wore an ill-fitting wig. One day a female admirer came up to him and asked him for a
lock of his hair as a keepsake. Steven generously offered her his entire wig. Thaddeus
Stevens, Nineteenth Century Egalitarian, by Hans Trefousse, page 7.
Mormon Intercourse, Indian Newspapers
In an 1860 speech, Stevens spoke on the issue of sending more troops to Texas. "It is
said that the necessity for troops upon the Texas frontier has existed for several years.
Since 1853. Why, then, were troops sent to enforce despotism in Kansas? Why were
not the troops sent to Texas, which were sent to Mormondom where there was no
necessity for them? Why were not the twenty-six hundred or three thousand men sent to
Texas who were sent to Utah, and remained there at great cost to the government, for
no other reason under heaven, that I can see, except to watch the intercourse between
Brigham Young and his concubines [laughter]. And, now that their curiosity is satisfied,
they are being removed, as I am informed, as speedily as possible and transferred to the
Texan frontier." Speech on April 19, 1860, The Selected Papers of Thaddeus Stevens,
Vol. 1, by Beverly Wilson Palmer and Holly Byers Ochoa, page 166.
Later, in the same speech, Stevens said: "We have letters urging upon us, it would seem,
that as one or two men and women were killed, we must raise this regiment; as if it were
the only way of bringing them back to life. I wish the Indians had newspapers of their
own. If they had, you would have horrible pictures of the cold-bloodied murders of
inoffensive Indians. You would have more terrible pictures than we have now revealed
to us, and, I have no doubt, we would have the real reasons given for those Indian
troubles. I suppose they would be as accurate as those you have in the letters which
have just been read and which have come in here so opportunely." The Selected Papers
of Thaddeus Stevens, Vol. 1, by Beverly Wilson Palmer and Holly Byers Ochoa, page
John Brown -- Hang Him
"John Brown deserves to be hung for being a hopeless fool," Stevens said. "He
attempted to capture Virginia with seventeen men when he ought to know that it would
require at least twenty-five." Thaddeus Stevens, Nineteenth -Century Egalitarian, by
Hans Trefousse, page 97.
When a messenger brought the news of the Confederates burning his Caledonia iron
mill to the ground, Stevens joking inquired, "did they burn the debts too." Great
Leveler, by Thomas Frederick Woodley, page 357.